Adventure is out there!
The 1400-1500s were centuries of great exploration. New continents were discovered, maps outlined, and shipping routes traversed. It was into this atmosphere that Henry Hudson was born in the 1560s, and his passions were atune to greater expansion. His particular passion? Establishing a northwest passage through the Arctic Ocean.
As an explorer, Hudson faced off with wicked conditions – intense cold, icy seas, and hostile natives. As a captain he was required to navigate even more testy waters – the fears and loyalties of his men. Although a hardy voyageur, he was unable to maintain the loyalty of his crew, and during his third voyage of discovery, his men mutinied and left him afloat in Hudson’s Bay – which, ironically, had been named for him. He was never seen again.
One painting includes under-dressed Indians. The illustration style is rich and attentive to detail. An illustration of women’s corsets is included to demonstrate one of the many uses for whale bones.
A picture is shown of a real hand suffering the effects of frostbite. The end of the fingers are a greenish-black. It’s really grotesque, actually.
A legend is included which features the ghost of Henry Hudson.
Conclusion. A good introduction to a little-known explorer.
Review © 2014 Laura Verret